New York Times Reports Mitch McConnell Has Some Serious Beef With Donald Trump (Join The Club)


By Teddy Paige

So in-between Donald Trump announcing he’s reversed another of his campaign promises, sending more American troops to Afghanistan and holding a lowly-attended rally in Arizona where Trump once again defended his response to Charlottesville, the New York Times released a story about the President’s relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

According to the report from the NYT, McConnell is privately telling colleagues he thinks the Trump Presidency isn’t doing so hot.

Apparently, 200+ days into the Presidency, Mr. McConnell just started paying attention.

In a series of tweets this month, Mr. Trump criticized Mr. McConnell publicly, and berated him in a phone call that quickly devolved into a profane shouting match.

During the call, which Mr. Trump initiated on Aug. 9 from his New Jersey golf club, the president accused Mr. McConnell of bungling the health care issue. He was even more animated about what he intimated was the Senate leader’s refusal to protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Republicans briefed on the conversation.

Mr. McConnell has fumed over Mr. Trump’s regular threats against fellow Republicans and criticism of Senate rules, and questioned Mr. Trump’s understanding of the presidency in a public speech.

What we have here is the classic tale of an Asshole and a Monster. The Asshole, who defends Nazi’s, KKK members, and Vladimir Putin faster than he’ll defend US servicemen, seems a bit pissy that the Monster’s failures are making him look bad. The Monster, meanwhile, is angry at the Asshole for making his job doing monstrous stuff (like taking away peoples healthcare and getting huge tax cuts for the Top 1%) harder.

The question is; will there be a breaking point? McConnell and Trump doing battle in August of 2017 seems pretty strategic, and leaves them plenty of time to kiss-and-make-up before midterm elections in November of 2018. It’s possible that once control of The House is on the line, this all becomes water under the bridge.

But it is still a pretty significant leak from the McConnell team. The Republican Senator (who once used 9/11 victims to score a political win for himself) is perhaps the epitome of a political opportunist. Any public break away from Trump — even one covered in anonymous sources like the Times article — is worth examining.

At the very least, it’s always fun to watch an Asshole fight a Monster. Because in the end, someone evil loses.

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